Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita
- Research Fellow (Urban Studies)
My research has focused on some of the ways in which housing and home are permeated by, and shape our ideas of, politics and power, trust and governance, space and place, emotions and embodiment. I have also published on urban issues, e.g. social capital and trust in the post-communist space, precarity of place, policy mobility and novel methodologies. I have been a PI/CI in:
- PI in "Finding housing, making home: Romanian migrants in post-Brexit/Covid-19 Britain", a qualitative study funded by CaCHE. Project team: Munro M (CI), Gherghina S (CI), James G (KE).
- PI in "Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania", a qualitative longitudinal study funded by the Regional Studies Association.
- PI in "Tenant activism in the private renting sector", supported by the UK Collaborative Centre of Housing Evidence.
- CI in "Lockdown pains & mass exodus: rental housing in megacities of the Indian subcontinent", funded by the Scottish Founding Council (PI Sohail Ahmad)
- CI in “Co-producing solutions with lower-income renters in Scotland: what do lower income tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector Strategy?”, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (PI Simcock Tom)
I joined the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and Urban Studies in 2017. Previously I worked at Tilburg University (NL) and at the University of St Andrews (UK). I am also a chartered Romanian architect and planner with a prolific portfolio of residential and commercial projects. My postgraduate studies have been entirely supported by prestigious fellowships, including World Bank.
- PhD in Housing Studies, King's College London.
- MSc in Urban Housing Management (Distinction), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lund University.
- PG in Real Estate, Project and Property Management (Distinction), IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam.
- BArch/MArch in Architecture and Planning, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest.
I am interested in housing and the material home as a key site for understanding the dynamic and multidimensional processes through which inequalities are generated via structural determinants, social discourses, everyday practices and cultural mechanisms. This includes:
- Meanings of home/homeownership and practices of homemaking
- Housing and social stratification (‘housing class’, status, lifestyle, housing quality)
- Housing options and Asset-Based Welfare
- The private rental sector, internationally
- Comparative housing systems
- Social capital and trust
- 'Deep' methodologies: research co-production with visual methodologies (elicitation on the 'River of Life' and photos of home drawn/taken by participants), qualitative longitudinal studies, autoethnography
- Novel methodologies: the online written interview (qualitative questionnaire) and systematic literature mapping
- 2021, Simcock T (PI), McKee K (CI), Soaita AM (CI), Marsh A(CI), Moore T (CI), Harris J (CI), & James G (CI), Co-producing solutions with lower-income renters in Scotland: what do lower income tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector want to see from a new Rented Sector Strategy? JRF grant £100,000
- 2020, Ahmad S (PI), Soaita AM(CI), Sowgat T (CI), Ullah S (CI) Lockdown pains & mass exodus: rental housing in megacities of the Indian subcontinen, £12,700
- 2019, Soaita AM (PI) Exploring the nexus between trust, corruption and anti-corruption policies in post-communist Romania (a longitudinal qualitative study), Regional Studies Association, MeRSA grant £5,000
- 2019, Gibb K (PI), Maclennan D (CI), Soaita AM (RA) Housing wealth inequalities in Scotland, the Poverty and Inequality Commission, £40,000
- 2019-22, Urban Studies and University of Glasgow £3,500 research incentivisation funds, supporting a qualitative longitudinal study (the ‘Trust and Corruption’ project) and 20 visual interviews with the River of Life (the ‘Romanian migrants’ project)
- 2020-21, Training grants, £2,000 (UoG for completing ‘Aurora’ programme, CaCHE for completing Media training and SSSGS to deliver training on photo-elicitation)
- 2013-19, Employer’s Conference Grants, £11,000
- 2014-17, Other Funders’ Conference Grant, £1,500
- Thesis Mentor Pilot Programme, January-May 2022, nominated in the ‘Hall of Fame’ by Jingwen Zhou with whom it was a privilege and a delight to work
- Anonymous, "The meanings of home for LGBT+ people: from house to neighbourhood" (MSc undisclosed to maintain anonymity, 2019-20)
- Christopher George Murray, “Social housing allocations in Scotland: a new context?” (MA Public and Urban Policy, 2017-8)
- Collette Anderson, “Understanding the ‘Wider Role’ activities of Community Controlled Housing Associations in sustaining tenancies: a case study approach” (MSc Housing Studies, 2017-8), awarded ‘Best Housing Dissertation’
- Jianqiao Lei, “The ‘housing security system’ in China: a policy and discourse analysis” (MSc in Public Policy & Management)
- Laura Disotto, “Innovative methods of customer engagement and their impact on the residents of social housing” (MSc Housing Studies, 2017-8)
- Yicai Chen, “Different impacts of COVID-19 on housing and people: a mini-systematic review based on Asian Countries” (MSc in City Planning and Real Estate Development)
- Yichen Bai, “Exploring the Build-to-Rent sector and its potential contribution to fulfilling housing needs: the case of Scotland” (MSc International Real Estate Market, 2018-9)
I have contributed to:
- Module "Housing: Policy, Welfare and Markets", BA (Hons) in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018-2022)
- Module "Housing, Inequality and Society", MSc/PGD in Housing Studies, University of Glasgow (2018-2022)
- Module "Foundations of Welfare", BA in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018-2022)
- Module "International Real Estate Analysis", MA in Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration, University of Glasgow (2018)Module “Social Policy and Social Risks”, BA in Sociology, Tilburg University (2016)
- Module “Urban Practice”, MSc Urban Management, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2016)
- Module “Housing, Community and Social-Spatial Justice”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- Module “Qualitative Methods for Social Scientists”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- International Editorial Advisory Board of the journal of Housing Studies (since 2019)
- Joint conveyor of the Urban Studies Seminar (2018-2020)
- School Ethics Committee (since 2018)
- Chartered member of the Romanian Architect Order (similar to RIBA) and of the Romanian Planner Registry (similar to RITP)
GRANT REVIEWER (n=4): AHURI | ESRC-UK | FWF-LISE MEITNER, AUSTRIA | UKRI |
JOURNAL REVIEWER (n=16): AHURI | Antipode | Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography | Geoforum | Emotion, Space and Society | Housing Studies | Housing, Theory and Society | International Journal of Housing Policy | International Journal of Urban Sciences | Journal of Housing and the Built Environment | Journal of Organizational Ethnography | Land Use Policy | Social Indicators | Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers | Town Planning Review | Urban Studies.
- Invited speaker (n=3): the 2019 International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties (Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2019) | Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference (London 2018) | HomeUp International Conference (Dresden 2017).
- Session coordinator (n=4): Royal Geographical Society - IBG 2021, 2022 | CaCHE 2017 | European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2014.
- Session chair (n=5): Royal Geographical Society (RGS) - IBG 2021, 2022 | Housing Studies Association (HSA) 2019 | HomeUp Dresden 2017 | HWW Amsterdam, 2016.
- Presenter (over 30): ENHR (2007-22) | RGS - IBG 2021, 2022 | HSA (2015-22) | RSA 2020, 2018 | Dag van de Sociologie 2016 | XVIII World Congress of Sociology (Yokohama 2014) | RC21 (2013) | RC43 (2013).